The parish lies at the south west corner of the Benefice and the village is surrounded by farmland and woodland and is well away from the busy A35 trunk road to the south. It is in an area of outstanding natural beauty and is very popular for walking and riding. The popular village club is situated near the church, and both the church and club work together to support the community. The skittle alley within the club is a significant asset, helping to attract a number of car clubs and the like to have their social gatherings at Bloxworth. You may recognise Bloxworth from a film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel “Far from the Madding Crowd”
The Church Community
We have services most Sundays at either 9.30 or 6pm. Home to many of the choir, and with an excellent acoustic, Bloxworth often resounds to marvellous singing! Bloxworth is well known for hosting the annual Dorset Carol Service of 19th century carols, the original eight of which form the nucleus of the Bloxworth collection. With others from the Frome valley, they were published in 1926. Most of the original eight have been sung at Bloxworth every Christmas, at least from the beginning of the 19th century. During the last fifty years the church has generally been packed for this service, which is traditionally held about a week or so before Christmas day. The church is then packed again for the annual Christingle service on Christmas eve, when villagers and visitors come together to sing carols and once again hear the message of God’s love for the world brought by the angel Gabriel to Mary.
Once a month we hold Cuppa Club – a time to get together for a chat, tea and cake – which welcomes people from across the benefice as well as regular visitors. Our annual gathering build up to the Christmas Party, which is not to be missed!
We are well-equipped with children’s toys and activities and look forward to welcoming people of all ages to join us.
The church building dates from the 12th century and originated as a property of Cerne Abbey. There were major alterations in the 19th century and one of these included the provision of the organ which was restored in 2012. There are numerous pew and other candelabra throughout the church and candle lit services are a feature.